Today in History - June 14

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This is Flag Day in the US.
1170        Jun 14, Henry II of England crowned his son as heir apparent in a ritual performed by the archbishop of York.
    (ON, 8/20/11, p.2)

1381        Jun 14, The Peasant’s Revolt, led by Wat Tyler, climaxed when rebels marched on Jordan, plundered, burned and captured the Tower of London and killed the Archbishop of Canterbury. The revolt was a response to a statute intended to hold down wages during a labor shortage.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1594        Jun 14, Orlando di Lasso (b.~1532), Franco-Flemish composer, died in Munich.  He was the most famous and influential musician in Europe at the end of the 16th century. Along with Palestrina (of the Roman School), he is considered to be the chief representative of the mature polyphonic style of the Franco-Flemish School.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orlande_de_Lassus)

1642        Jun 14, Massachusetts passed the first compulsory education law in the colonies.
    (HN, 6/14/01)

1645        Jun 14, In England Oliver Cromwell’s army routed the King’s army at Naseby.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1755        Jun 14, In England work began on a 2nd edition of Dr. Johnson's "Dictionary" for publication in weekly installments.
    (http://www.lib.washington.edu/Preservation/saveabook4.html)

1775        Jun 14, The Continental Army, forerunner of the United States Army, was founded when the Continental Congress first authorized the muster of troops under its sponsorship.
    (HN, 6/14/98)(AP, 6/14/07)

1777        Jun 14, The Continental Congress in Philadelphia adopted the Stars and Stripes, created by Betsy Ross, as the national flag. America's Flag Day, commemorates the date when John Adams spoke the following words before the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. "Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation." Over the years, there have been 27 versions of the American flag. The present version was adopted on July 4, 1960, when Hawaii became the 50th state. In 2005 Marc Leepson authored “Flag: An American Biography.”
    (AP, 6/14/97)(HNQ, 6/14/98)(WSJ, 7/1/05, p.W4)

1789        Jun 14, Captain William Bligh of the HMS Bounty arrived in Timor in a small boat. He had been forced to leave his ship when his crew mutinied.
    (HN, 6/14/99)

1800        Jun 14, French General Napoleon Bonaparte pushed the forces of Austria out of Italy in the Battle of Marengo. In 2007 the sword he wore was auctioned off for over $6.4 million.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Marengo)(SFC, 6/11/07, p.A2)
1800        Jun 14, Jean-Baptiste Kleber (47), French general, architect, was murdered.
    (MC, 6/14/02)

1801        Jun 14, Former American Revolutionary War General Benedict Arnold died in London.
    (AP, 6/14/01)(ON, 11/01, p.5)

1805        Jun 14, Robert Anderson (d.1871), Bvt. Major General (Union Army), defender of Ft. Sumpter, was born.
    (MC, 6/14/02)

1811        Jun 14, Harriet Beecher Stowe (d.1896), American writer and author of “Uncle Tom's Cabin,” was born in Litchfield, Conn. The book showed the horrors of slavery and President Abraham Lincoln joked she had started the American Civil War.
    (AHD, p.1272)(HN, 6/14/99)

1820        Jun 14, John Bartlett, editor, compiler of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, was born.
    (HN, 6/14/01)

1841        Jun 14, The first Canadian parliament opened in Kingston.
    (AP, 6/14/97)

1846        June 14, U.S. settlers in Sonoma in Northern California rebelled against Mexican authorities in what is called the Bear Flag Revolt and proclaimed the Republic of California. Wagonmaster William B. Ide, leader of the Bear Flag Party, was urged to loot the Mexican stronghold but said: “Choose ye this day what you will be! We are robbers or we must be conquerors.” Although the US has declared war against Mexico in May, word did not reach California until July. Commodore John Sloat raised the Stars and Stripes over the American Customs House in Monterey, and three days later it flew over the Sonoma Plaza.
    (WCG, p.59)(SFEM, 6/9/96, p.32)(AP, 6/14/97)
1846        Jun 14, William L. Todd, nephew of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln designed a flag for the Bear Flag Revolt with the words California Republic. With rusty nails and blackberry juice he painted a grizzly and a star on white cloth. The lower red border was said to come from the flannel petticoat of Nancy Kelsey, who sewed the flag. The Bear Flag Revolt got its name from the presence of a grizzly bear on the standard proposed for the independent California.
    (Pac. Disc., summer, ‘96, p.16)(HN, 6/14/99)

1848        Jun 14, The California Star newspaper in SF locked its doors due to the gold strike and lack of working men.
    (PI, 8/8/98, p.5)(SFC, 12/17/04, p.E6)

1855        Jun 14, Robert Marion "Fighting Bob" La Follette, reform movement leader, Governor of Wisconsin, U.S. Senator, Progressive Party presidential candidate, was born.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1856        Jun 14, Ahmad Raza Khan was born in Bareilly, Rohilkhand, British India, a city now in Uttar Pradesh, India. He later founded the Barelvi tradition of Islam. Deobandis and Barelvis are the two major groups of Muslims in the Subcontinent apart from the Shia. Barelvi Hanafis deem Deobandis to be kaafir. Those hostile to the Barelvis deprecated them as the shrine-worshipping, the grave-worshiping, ignorant Barelvis.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Raza_Khan)(Econ, 5/2/09, p.61)

1864        Jun 14, Alois Alzheimer (d.1915), German psychiatrist, pathologist (Alzheimer Disease), was born.
    (www.ibro.info/Pub_Main_Display.asp?Main_ID=34)
1864        Jun 14, At the Battle of Pine Mountain, Georgia, Confederate General Leonidas Polk was killed by a Union shell.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1884        Jun 14, John McCormack, Irish-US singer (Irish folksongs), was born.
    (MC, 6/14/02)

1885        Jun 14, The 1st photo finish horse race was recorded by Luis-Jean Delton as Paradox beat Reluisant at the Grand Prix de Paris.
    (SFC, 4/28/03, D1)

1893        Jun 14, Philadelphia observed the first Flag Day.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1897        Jun 14, Dr. Karl Wolfert and his mechanic were killed in Germany when their dirigible, powered by a Daimler car engine, crashed on its 4th flight.
    (ON, 3/03, p.10)

1900        Jun 14, US Congress passed a law granting citizenship to all persons who had been citizens of the Republic of Hawaii at the time of annexation.
    (ON, 11/02, p.7)

1906        Jun 14, Margaret Bourke-White, American photojournalist, was born.
    (HN, 6/14/01)

1907        Jun 14, Women in Norway won the right to vote.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1909        Jun 14, Burl Ives, folk singer, actor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), was born in Hunt, Ill.
    (MC, 6/14/02)

1910        Jun 14, Rudolf Kempe, conductor, was born in Niederpoyritz, Germany.
    (MC, 6/14/02)

1919            Jun 14, The US Congress passed the 19th amendment granting suffrage to American women.
    (www.usconstitution.net/constamnotes.html#Am19)
1919        Jun 14, Pilot John William Alcock (1892-1919) and navigator Arthur Witten Brown (1886-1948) took off from St. John’s, Newfoundland, for Clifden, Ireland, on the first nonstop transatlantic flight. The flight lasted 16 hours and 28 minutes and carried the first transatlantic airmail. They won a 10 thousand pound prize, first offered by the Daily Mail in 1913.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Whitten_Brown)(ON, 4/09, p.1)

1920        Jun 14, Max Weber (b.1864), German sociologist, died. His books included “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” (1905).
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Weber)(Econ, 11/16/13, p.73)

1922        Jun 14, Warren G. Harding became the first president heard on radio, as Baltimore station WEAR broadcast his speech dedicating the Francis Scott Key memorial at Fort McHenry.
    (AP, 6/14/97)(HN, 6/14/98)

1925        Jun 14, Pierre Salinger, Press Secretary for John F. Kennedy, was born.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1927        Jul 14, The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Valley opened. It was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood of Los Angeles.
    (SFEM, 10/12/97, p.39)
1927        Jun 14, President Porfirio Diaz of Nicaragua signed a treaty with the U.S. allowing American intervention in his country.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1928        Jun 14, The Republican National Convention in Kansas City nominated Herbert Hoover for president on the first ballot. George Barr Baker was Hoover's confidential advisor during the campaign.
    (AP, 6/14/98)(SFC, 12/30/98, p.A18)
1928        Jun 14, British suffragette Emily Pankhurst (b.1858) died.
    (www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/pankhurst_emmeline.shtml)

1932        Jun 14, Representative Edward Eslick died on the floor of the House of Representatives while pleading for the passage of the bonus bill for US veterans.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1933        Jun 14, Jerzy Kosinski, Polish-American novelist (The Painted Bird, Being There), was born.
    (HN, 6/14/01)

1935        Jun 14, A commission of neutral nations (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and the United States) declared an armistice in the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay. A definite settlement was finally reached in 1938.
    (http://countrystudies.us/bolivia/15.htm)

1936        Jun 14, G.K. Chesterton (b.1874), English poet-essayist, died at his home in Beaconsfield, England. His poems included “The Secret People” (1915). As president of the Distributist League, he promoted the idea that private property should be divided into smallest possible freeholds and then distributed throughout society.
    (Econ, 4/2/05, p.51)(www.online-literature.com/chesterton/)

1940        Jun 14, German troops occupied Paris and Marshal Philippe Petain became the head of the French government and sued for peace. Gertrude Stein translated Petain’s speeches and hailed him as a hero of the French nation.
    (WUD, 1994, p.1683)(SFC, 6/9/96, Z1 p.5)
1940        June 14. The Nazis opened their concentration camp at Auschwitz. In German-occupied Poland the first inmates arrived at the Auschwitz concentration camp. They were all Polish political prisoners.
    (SF E&C, 1/15/1995, A-10)(AP, 6/14/97)(AP, 6/14/98)

1941        Jun 14, The Russian secret police gathered up some 40,000 men, women and children and exiled them to Siberia in cattle cars. This was the first of many shipments. Some 10,000 Estonians, more than 15,000 Latvians and between 16,000 and 18,000 Lithuanians were herded onto cattle trains and transported to the far eastern reaches of the Soviet Union, where many of them died.
    (WP, 6/29/96, p.A16)(http://tinyurl.com/5jxmas)
1941        Jun 14, Over 10,000 people (10,861 according to some sources) were deported as whole families from Estonia. About 230 Estonian officers serving in the 22nd Estonian Territorial Corps of the Red Army were imprisoned at the summer camp of the Estonian Army in southeastern Estonia. Most of them were sent to the Norilsk prison camp, where most of them either died or were executed.
    (www.historycommission.ee/temp/conclusions_frame.htm)

1942        Jun 14, Anne Frank began her diary.
    (MC, 6/14/02)
1942        Jun 14, The first bazooka rocket gun, produced in Bridgeport, Ct., demolished a tank from its shoulder-held position.
    (MC, 6/14/02)

1943        Jun 14, The US Supreme Court, in West Virginia Board of Education v. Barnette, ruled schoolchildren could not be compelled to salute the flag of the United States and say the Pledge of Allegiance.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Virginia_State_Board_of_Education_v._Barnette)

1944        Jun 14, B-29 bombers conducted their first raid against mainland Japan.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1945        Jun 14, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower was honored as a Companion of the Liberation by Gen. Charles de Gaulle.
    (WSJ, 8/2/00, p.A12)
1945        Jun 14, Burma was liberated by the British.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1946        Jun 14, Donald Trump, New York real estate mogul, was born in NYC.
    (SSFC, 11/14/04, Par p.30)

1949        Jun 14, Douglas Slater, golf pro and Russian scholar, was born in San Jose, Ca.
    (KS, 5/20/99)
1949        Jun 14, The State of Vietnam was formed.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1951        Jun 14, UNIVAC, the first computer built for commercial purposes, was demonstrated in Philadelphia by Dr. John W. Mauchly and J. Prosper Eckert, Jr. Magnetic tape for data storage was first used on the UNIVAC.
    (HN, 6/14/98)(SFC, 6/15/01, p.B3)(Econ, 11/30/13, TQ p.3)

1952        Jun 14, The USS Nautilus, the first atomic submarine, was dedicated in Groton, Connecticut.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1954        Jun 14, President Eisenhower signed an order adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. On Feb 7 Eisenhower had attended a service where Rev. George M. Docherty (d.2008 at 97), a Scotland-born pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, in Washington, DC, repeated his 1952 sermon saying the pledge should acknowledge God.
    (AP, 6/14/97)(SFC, 6/29/98, p.A4)(AP, 11/30/08)
1954        Jun 14, Americans took part in the first nation-wide civil defense test against atomic attack.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1965        Jun 14, A military triumvirate took control in Saigon, South Vietnam.
    (HN, 6/14/98)

1967        Jun 14, The movie "To Sir, with Love," starring Sidney Poitier, was first released.
    (AP, 6/14/07)
1967        Jun 14, The space probe Mariner 5 was launched from Cape Kennedy on a flight that took it past Venus.
    (AP, 6/14/97)

1968        Jun 14, Four of the Boston Five were convicted of conspiracy in their organized draft protest. Mitchell Goodman (1924-1997) organized the protest that included the burning of draft cards. Dr. Benjamin Spock (1903-1998), American pediatrician, was one of the defendants and the trial came to be known as the "Spock trial." The convictions were later overturned.
    (SFC, 2/7/97, p.A28)(www.stg.brown.edu/projects/1968/reference/timeline.html)

1974        Jun 14, Leonard K. Firestone (1907-1996), son of Harvey Firestone (1868-1938) - the founder of the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., began serving as US ambassador to Belgium. He continued as ambassador there until January 20, 1977.
    (SFC, 12/25/96, p.A22)(www.nndb.com/gov/489/000120129/)

1982        Jun 14, Argentine forces surrendered to British troops on the disputed Falkland Islands. 970 people were killed including 255 British soldiers. Argentine dictator Leopaldo Galtieri led the initial attack in the 72-day war. The dead in the ten-week war included 712 Argentines, 255 Britons and 3 islanders. In 2003 it was revealed that some British ships carried nuclear depth charges. In 2005 Lawrence Freedman authored “The Official History of the Falklands Campaign, Volumes I and II. In 2007 Hugh McManners authored “Forgotten Voices of the Falklands: The Real Story of the Falklands War in the Words of Those Who Were There.”
    (AP, 6/14/97)(WSJ, 12/8/03, p.A1)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.81)(Econ, 5/19/07, p.88)

1985        Jun 14, European states signed the Schengen Agreement, which allowed for the abolition of systematic border controls between the participating countries. The agreement was incorporated into EU law in 1997.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schengen_treaty)(Econ, 10/13/07, p.53)
1985        Jun 14, The 17-day hijack ordeal of TWA Flight 847 began as a pair of Lebanese Shiite Muslim extremists seized the plane with 104 Americans shortly after takeoff from Athens, Greece. The hijackers killed Petty Officer Robert Dean Stethem and dumped his body on the tarmac in Beirut. In 2002 Stethem’s family was awarded $21.4 million in compensatory damages from the US Treasury. In 1987 Mohammed Ali Hamadi was arrested at the Frankfurt airport, when customs officials discovered liquid explosives in his luggage. The Lebanese man was convicted and served a life sentence in Germany for the 1985 hijacking of a TWA jetliner and killing of a US Navy diver. In 2005 he returned to Lebanon after being paroled in Germany.
    (AP, 6/14/97)(HN, 6/14/98)(SSFC, 4/21/02, p.A9)(AP, 12/20/05)

1986        Jun 14, Jorge Luis Borges (b.1899), Argentine author (Book of Sand), died in Geneva. In 1998 a new English translation by Andrew Hurley of his "Collected Fictions" was published. In 1999 Alexander Coleman edited "Selected Poems." Also in 1999 Eliot Weinberger edited "Selected Non-Fictions." In 2004 Edwin Williamson authored “Borges: A Life.”
    (SFEC, 12/13/98, BR p.1)(SFEC, 4/18/99, BR p.3)(WSJ, 8/17/99, p.A18)(WSJ, 8/5/04, p.D8)
1986        Jun 14, Alan Jay Lerner (67), Broadway librettist, died in NY.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
1986        Jun 14, Marlin Perkins (b.1905), zoologist and TV host (Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom), died.
    (AP, 6/14/06)

1987        Jun 14, The Los Angeles Lakers won the National Basketball Association title with a 106-93 home-court victory over the defending champion Boston Celtics.
    (AP, 6/14/97)
1987        Jun 14, In West Germany Willy Brandt (1913-1992) made his farewell speech as chairman of the SPD.
    (http://tinyurl.com/mly5m)

1988        Jun 14, Howard Baker made the surprise announcement that he would resign as President Reagan's White House chief of staff on July 1 because of "personal circumstances."
    (AP, 6/14/98)

1989        Jun 14, Former President Reagan received an honorary knighthood from Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
    (AP, 6/14/99)
1989        Jun 14, US House Democrats chose Richard Gephardt to be majority leader and William H. Gray to be majority whip, the highest leadership position in Congress held by an African American.
    (AP, 6/14/99)(HN, 6/14/99)
1989        Jun 14, Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was arrested for slapping a Beverly Hills motorcycle patrolman.
    (AP, 6/14/99)

1990        Jun 14, The US Supreme Court upheld, by a six-to-three vote, police checkpoints that examine drivers for signs of intoxication.
    (AP, 6/14/00)

1991        Jun 14, The US government reported consumer prices had risen a modest three-tenths of one percent in May.
    (AP, 6/14/01)
1991        Jun 14, The space shuttle “Columbia” returned from a medical research mission.
    (AP, 6/14/01)
1991        Jun 14, Dame Peggy Ashcroft (83), film and stage, Actress died in London.
    (AP, 6/14/01)(www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/457078/index.html)

1992        Jun 14, Chicago Bulls won the NBA championship, beating the Portland Trail Blazers in Game Six, 97-93.
    (AP, 6/14/97)
1992        Jun 14, Mona Van Duyn (1921-2004) became the first woman to be named America's poet laureate by the Library of Congress.
    (AP, 6/14/97)(SFC, 12/4/04, p.B7)
1992        Jun 14, The Earth Summit concluded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The world’s industrial nations reached an agreement to reduce CO2 emissions, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). By 1996 it was clear that the goals were not being met.
    (TMC, 1994, p.1992)(SFC, 7/11/96, p.A10)(AP, 6/14/97)(Econ, 12/5/09, SR p.3)
1992        Jun 14, In Sokolina, Bosnia, a massacre occurred that later yielded 47 bodies from a mass grave. Survivors later said that Serbs blew up a busload of Muslim men who had been told that they were on their way to a prisoner exchange.
    (WSJ, 6/25/96, p.A1)(SFC, 6/25/96, p.A8)

1993        Jun 14, President Clinton chose Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an advocate of women's rights, to serve on the Supreme Court, surprising observers who had predicted that Clinton's choice would be Stephen Breyer.
    (AP, 6/14/98)

1994        Jun 14, The New York Rangers won hockey's Stanley Cup for the first time in 54 years, defeating the Vancouver Canucks.
    (AP, 6/14/99)
1994        Jun 14, President Clinton unveiled a $9.3 billion welfare reform plan.
    (AP, 6/14/99)
1994        Jun 14, Henry Mancini (70), Academy Award-winning composer, died in Beverly Hills, Calif. On Apr 14, 2004, the US Postal Service issued a stamp in his honor.
    (AP, 6/14/99)(USAT, 3/23/04, p.1D)
1994        Jun 14, Marcel Mouloudji (b.1922), Algeria-born French actor/chansonnier, died in Paris.
    (www.inthe90s.com/generated/obit1994.shtml)

1995        Jun 14, Stephen Yokich was elected president of the United Auto Workers at the union’s triennial convention in Anaheim, California.
    (AP, 6/14/00)
1995        Jun 14, Shamil Basayev, Chechen commander, led a hostage raid on a Russian hospital in Budyonnovsk [Budennovsk]. Chechen rebels took some 1,500 people hostage in a hospital in Russia. After a 4-day standoff Sergei Stepashin ordered troops to storm the hospital and the rebels escaped with some 100 hostages. Some 100-150 people were killed in the fighting.
    (SFC, 1/25/97, p.A8)(HN, 6/14/98)(SFC, 5/13/99, p.A16)(SSFC, 11/10/02, p.A11)

1996        Jun 14, The FBI disclosed the White House had obtained bureau background reports on at least 408 people without justification.
    (AP, 6/14/97)
1996        Jun 14, Money Magazine ranked Madison, Wis., as the best place to live among the nation’s 300 metropolitan areas.
    (SFC, 6/16/96, p.B10)
1996        Jun 14, A new medium priced home in the US was priced at $135,800.
    (WSJ, 6/14/96, p.B10)
1996        Jun 14, Two teams of scientists announced the discovery of the human gene on chromosome 9 that may cause basal cell carcinoma, a common form of skin cancer.
    (SFC, 6/14/96, p.A2)
1996        Jun 14, In Belarus Victor Gonchar, Lukashenko’s most active critic in parliament, was fired upon by police.
    (SFC, 9/2/96, p.A14)
1996        Jun 14, Leaders of Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia signed an agreement to reduce arsenals of heavy weapons.
    (WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A1)
1996        Jun 14, In Bulgaria legislation was passed to give joint ventures at least 50% foreign owned a five year tax holiday, and required that half of the forgiven tax sums be invested in the same businesses.
    (WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 14, In Malaysia issues that had blocked the building of the $6.02 billion Bakun hydroelectric dam in Sarawak state on Borneo were resolved.
    (WSJ, 6/14/96, p.A10)
1996        Jun 14, Sumitomo Corp. announced that it had lost $1.8 billion over the last ten years in unauthorized trades done by head copper trader Yasuo Hamanaka. World copper markets were thrown into turmoil following disclosure by Sumitomo Corp. that a rogue trader had hidden multibillion-dollar losses.
    (WSJ, 6/17/96, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/97)

1997        Jun 14, President Clinton opened a year-long campaign against racism with a commencement address at the University of California at San Diego, in which he defended affirmative action and pleaded with Americans to confront deeply held prejudices.
    (AP, 6/14/98)
1997        Jun 14, A 1939 comic book featuring the first appearance by Batman was auctioned off for $68,500 at Sotheby's in New York City.
    (AP, 6/14/98)
1997        Jun 14, In Hong Kong the provisional legislature voted to give police broad powers to ban even peaceful demonstrations and to outlaw foreign donations to political parties.
    (SFEC, 6/22/97, p.A14)
1997        Jun 14, From Russia it was announced that there were over 9,000 organized crime groups employing some 100,000 people.
    (SFC, 6/14/97, p.A12)
1997        Jun 14, In the Ukraine it was reported that flash flooding and an underground river caused a huge sinkhole in Dnepropetrovsk that swallowed houses, schools and a 9-story apartment.
    (SFC, 6/14/97, p.A11)

1998        Jun 14, The Chicago Bulls clinched their sixth NBA championship, defeating the Utah Jazz in game six played in Salt Lake City, 87-86.
    (AP, 6/14/03)
1998        Jun 14, Tori Murden of Louisville, Ky., departed from North Carolina in a 23-foot fiberglass rowboat in an attempt to become the first woman to row across the Atlantic.
    (SFC, 8/12/98, p.A8)
1998        cJun 14, The Boston Globe asked for the resignation of columnist Patricia Smith due to fabricated quotations and people in her column. The New Republic recently reported that writer Stephen Glass had fabricated parts or all of 27 of 41 articles.
    (SFC, 6/29/98, p.A4)
1998        Jun 14, In NYC Antoine Reid, a squeegee man, was allegedly shot by off-duty officer Michael Meyer after soaping Meyer’s car window. Reid later filed a $100 million suit against the city and the police dept.
    (SFC, 6/29/98, p.A4)
1998        Jun 14, Ethiopia and Eritrea agreed to halt the use of air strikes in their border war.
    (SFC, 6/15/98, p.A10)
1998        Jun 14, In Guinea-Bissau the fighting intensified and thousands of people sought escape routes.
    (SFC, 6/15/98, p.A12)
1998        Jun 14, In Bihar state, India, Ajit Kumar Sarkar was the 2nd legislator in 2 days to be killed by gunmen. Two Sarkar supporters were also killed.
    (SFC, 6/16/98, p.A12)
1998        Jun 14, In Kosovo the fighting intensified as Serbs launched 500 grenades into villages in western Kosovo.
    (SFC, 6/15/98, p.A1)(WSJ, 6/15/98, p.A1)

1999        Jun 14, Prof. Paul Ehrlich of Stanford and Qu Geping, president of the China Environmental Protection Foundation, won the Blue Planet Prize, an environmental award sponsored by the Asahi Glass Foundation of Japan.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A20)
1999        Jun 14, The US Supreme Court struck down a 65-year-old ban on broadcast advertising of casino gambling. It said the ban aimed at protecting compulsive gamblers violated free-speech rights.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A3)(AP, 6/14/00)
1999        Jun 14, UN Sec. Gen'l. Kofi Annan unveiled a UN peace-building plan for Kosovo giving European organizations primary responsibility for reconstruction.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A12)
1999        Jun 14, Eritrea and Ethiopia battled for a 5th day. Eritrea claimed to have killed, wounded or captured over 12,000 soldiers, while Ethiopia claimed the same for 8,200 soldiers.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)
1999        Jun 14, Voters in the 15-nation bloc of the European Union overturned socialist dominance with the election of the center-right European People's Party.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.C16)
1999        Jun 14, South Korean warships sank a North Korean torpedo boat and damaged another in the Yellow Sea.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.A1)
1999        Jun 14, About 15,000 NATO peacekeepers spread out across Kosovo, including a convoy of about 1200 US Marines.
    (AP, 6/14/00)
1999        Jun 14, In Turkey a parliamentary committee voted to dismiss military judges from security courts.
    (SFC, 6/15/99, p.C5)

2000        Jun 14, The Southern Baptist Convention declared that women should no longer serve as pastors.
    (AP, 6/14/01)
2000        Jun 14, Federal prosecutors in Manhattan charged a record 120 people that included reputed mafia members with securities fraud in a yearlong probe code-named “Uptick.”
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A1)
2000        Jun 14, In Florida George Trofimoff (73) was arrested for spying for the Soviet KGB from 1969-1995. He had served as chief of an Army unit responsible for interviewing Warsaw pact defectors.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A3)
2000        Jun 14, US federal marine specialists reported that the US Navy induced underwater noise caused the death of at least a dozen whales in the Bahamas in March. Hemorrhages were found around the animals’ ears.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.a7)
2000        Jun 14, In San Francisco temperatures hit 103 degrees, matching the record high set on July 17, 1988. Eugene Kesselman (27) disappeared after he left his Sunset home to buy a car. His body was found 9 days later in the trunk of his car in the Excelsior district. In Sept. police arrested Shonte Pratt (25) and Brandon Ry (20) for suspicion of murder and armed robbery.
    (SFC, 9/6/00, p.A23)(SFC, 12/25/08, p.A14)
2000        Jun 14, Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder agreed with heads of the nuclear power industry to end the use of atomic energy. With an expected life span of 32 years closure of all 17 plants would occur by 2020. In 2005 the timetable was confirmed. In 2007 an expansion of the timetable for closure was up for consideration.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A16)(Econ, 2/10/07, p.50)
2000        Jun 14, Pres. Kim Jong Il of North Korea and Pres. Kim Dae Jung of South Korea pledged concrete steps toward unifying their divided peninsula and signed an agreement to allow visits for some families separated for the last five decades.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/01)
2000        Jun 14, In Sri Lanka a suicide bomber killed himself and 2 civilians when he rammed a bus with 25 sick air force soldiers. None of the troops were hurt.
    (SFC, 6/15/00, p.A16)

2001        Jun 14, Pres. Bush clashed with EU leaders in Sweden over his global warming policy, unwavering in his opposition to a global warming treaty. The EU leaders said they would move to implement the Kyoto treaty without the US.
    (SFC, 6/15/01, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/02)
2001        Jun 14, Pres. Bush ordered a stop to the Navy bombing exercises on Puerto Rico’s Vieques Island. Cleanup was estimated to cost hundreds of millions and take decades. Bombing practice was set to stop by May, 2003.
    (SFC, 6/14/01, p.A3)(SFC, 6/15/01, p.D3)(WSJ, 6/15/01, p.A1)
2001        Jun 14, Mike Gartner, Jari Kurri, Vyacheslav Fetisov and Dale Hawerchuk were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2001        Jun 14, It was reported that FERC planned to impose round-the-clock price restrictions on wholesale electricity sold to California.
    (SFC, 6/14/01, p.A1)
2001        Jun 14, In Chicago Paul Frederick Runge (31) was charged with the murders of 6 women and an 11-year-old girl between 1995-1997.
    (SFC, 6/15/01, p.D2)
2001        Jun 14, In Algeria hundreds of thousands of people protested in Algiers over economic and political issues and 2 journalists were killed in clashes with riot police.
    (SFC, 6/15/01, p.A18)
2001        Jun 14, A forum in China inducted Uzbekistan as the 6th member of a regional group (the Shanghai Five) that included China, Russia, Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The 5-year-old group hoped to counterbalance US influence and fight Islamic separatism.
    (SFC, 6/15/01, p.D6)(WSJ, 6/14/01, p.C11)
2001        Jun 14, Riot police in Northern Ireland protected Catholic children going to school in North Belfast.
    (SFC, 12/30/01, p.D3)
2001        Jun 14, In Israel Lt. Col. Yehuda Edri (45) was killed by a Palestinian man, who was then killed by Edri’s bodyguard. Another Palestinian man was killed in a driveby shooting in the West Bank and Jewish settlers were suspect.
    (SFC, 6/15/01, p.A18)
2001        Jun 14, Macedonia asked for Nato troops the help disarm ethnic Albanian rebels. Nato Sec. Gen. Lord Robertson ruled out military intervention.       
    (SFC, 6/15/01, p.D6)
2001        Jun 14, A tanker capsized in a sea lane between Malaysia and Singapore. The MT Endah Lestari with 660 tons of phenol rolled as it was towed. Unknown amounts of phenol and a large amount of diesel oil was spilled.
    (SFC, 6/15/01, p.D6)
2001        Jun 14, In Nepal a panel of inquiry reported that Prince Dipendra was tipsy from whiskey and high on hashish when he killed his family members Jun 1.
    (SFC, 6/15/01, p.A18)
2001        Jun 14, In Panama it was reported that 5 patients died from radiation therapy when incorrect data was punched into a computer program.
    (WSJ, 6/14/01, p.A1)
2001        Jun 14, In the Philippines Francis Ganzon, a Muslim cleric, and Kimberly Jao (13) were released by Abu Sayyaf rebels on Basilan Island. Mohaimin Sahi, a Muslim cleric negotiator taken captive a few days earlier, was also released.
    (SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A13)

2002        Jun 14, The US became officially free from a 1972 treaty that banned major missile defenses. In Alaska work was set to begin on missile interceptors.
    (SFC, 5/15/02, p.A7)
2002        Jun 14, US Roman Catholic bishops meeting in Dallas voted to remove any priest from his ministry who abuses a minor but stopped short of zero tolerance, as pushed by some victims.
    (SFC, 6/15/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/03)
2002        Jun 14, It was reported that a Jupiter size planet was discovered in the Cancer constellation 5.5 astronomical units (an AU is the distance between the Earth and the sun) from star 55 Cancri, 41 light-years away.
    (SFC, 6/14/02, p.A3)
2002        Jun 14, Scientist reported on June 21 that an asteroid (2002 MN) the size of a soccer field whizzed by Earth on this day at a distance of 75,000 miles, a third of the distance to the Moon, the biggest such space rock in decades to get this close.
    (Reuters, 6/21/02)(SFC, 6/21/02, p.A6)
2002        Jun 14, June Jordan (65), black radical and UC Berkeley poet and professor, died of cancer. Her work included 28 books of poems, political essays and children's fiction. She was one of the most published African American writers in history.
    (SFC, 9/7/02, p.A17)(SFC, 6/15/02, p.A19)
2002        Jun 14, In Afghanistan Pres. Hamid Karzai outlined a list of national priorities that included building a national army and police force, improving schools and health care and creating jobs.
    (SFC, 6/15/02, p.A3)
2002        Jun 14, Colombia's first female defense minister said Friday she will strengthen the army and seek more military aid from the United States and other nations to fight leftist rebels. Protests began in Arequipa over the sale of 2 state utilities to a Belgian company.
    (AP, 6/14/02)(SFC, 6/18/02, p.A7)
2002        Jun 14, In the Republic of Congo rebels launched their first attack on Brazzaville since restarting this West African nation's civil war in late March. Government troops hunted down rebels who staged a surprise attack on the city. More than 100 rebels and 17 government soldiers were killed. The rebels called themselves Ninjas and were led by renegade pastor Frederic Bitsangou (Frederic Ntoumi).
    (AP, 6/14/02)(SFC, 6/15/02, p.A8)(SFC, 6/18/02, p.A8)
2002        Jun 14, Czech exit polls showed the Social Democrats, who favor quick entry into the European Union, headed for victory in parliamentary elections where 6,000 candidates sought all 200 seats in the lower chamber. Voters backed the ruling Social Democrats in parliamentary elections, and also gave the Communist Party its best showing since the collapse of communism in 1989.
    (AP, 6/14/02)(AP, 6/15/02)
2002        Jun 14, In Kashmir India and Pakistan continued cross border shelling. Pakistan reported Indian shelling killed 6 civilians, including 3 children.
    (SFC, 6/15/02, p.A8)
2002        Jun 14, In Pakistan suicide bomber blew up a truck at the US consulate in Karachi killed 14 people and injured many more. No Americans were believed killed. The Bush administration planned to evaluate how many U.S. personnel should be kept in Pakistan. The Lashkar-e-Omar coalition, formed in January, was blamed.
    (AP, 6/14/02)(SFC, 6/14/02, p.19)(SFC, 6/15/02, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/03)
2002        Jun 14, Voting began in Papua New Guinea's general election with hopes that it would bring some stability to the struggling Pacific nation. Former 2 time PM Michael Somare returned to power.
    (AP, 6/14/02)(Econ, 7/21/07, p.44)
2002        Jun 14, Russia formally withdrew from the START II nuclear arms treaty with the United States, calling the accord meaningless given current U.S. defense policies.
    (AP, 6/14/02)
2002        Jun 14, In South Korea up to 13 people died after a bus carrying tourists collided with a tanker truck in rainy weather.
    (Reuters, 6/14/02)

2003        Jun 14, Off the northern Oregon coast a large wave flipped over Taki-Tooo, a charter fishing boat carrying 19 people, killing at least nine; eight survived by swimming to shore.
    (AP, 6/15/04)
2003        Jun 14, A car driven by Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien struck and killed pedestrian Jim Reed; O'Brien was later convicted of leaving the scene of an accident and sentenced to probation.
    (AP, 6/14/04)
2003        Jun 14, A Colombia air force commander said leftist rebel camps were bombarded and that an estimated 67 insurgents were killed in southern Meta and Cauca state.
    (AP, 6/14/03)
2003        Jun 14, French troops leading an international force engaged in a firefight with gunmen for the first time in their mission to stabilize the northeastern Congolese town of Bunia.
    (AP, 6/14/03)
2003        Jun 14, Iran's hard-line judiciary arrested "scores" of pro-clergy militants, including a vigilante leader, over attacks on a Tehran student dormitory sparked by attacks on pro-reform supporters.
    (AP, 6/14/03)
2003        Jun 14, North and South Korea connected railways at their heavily armed border in a symbolic ceremony linking the two countries for the first time in more than a half-century. North Korea still had 7 miles of tracks to complete before trains could run.
    (AP, 6/14/03)(SSFC, 6/15/03, p.A14)
2003        Jun 14, In eastern Uganda a minivan bus plunged into a swamp and sank, killing 18 passengers.
    (AP, 6/15/03)

2004        Jun 14, The US Supreme Court allowed millions of schoolchildren to keep affirming loyalty to one nation "under God" but dodged the underlying question of whether the Pledge of Allegiance is an unconstitutional blending of church and state.
    (AP, 6/15/04)
2004        Jun 14, John Ashcroft unsealed an indictment against Nuradin Abdi, a Somali immigrant, on charges of plotting with al Qaeda operatives to blow up a shopping mall in Columbus, Ohio. Abdi was arrested on immigration charges on Nov 28, 2003. Abdi was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2007 after pleading guilty in an alleged plot to blow up an Ohio shopping mall.
    (SFC, 6/15/04, p.A3)(AP, 2/27/09)
2004        Jun 14, Azerbaijan Fatulla Huseynov (67), an opposition party leader known for his bold military exploits in the war over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave, was shot and killed in Baku.
    (AP, 6/14/04)
2004        Jun 14, In Bangladesh the death toll from a powerful weekend storm rose to at least 13. About 140 fishermen were missing.
    (AP, 6/14/04)
2004        Jun 14, UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland said Eastern Congo is rapidly turning into a major humanitarian disaster, with 3.3 million people out of reach of relief groups.
    (Reuters, 6/14/04)
2004        Jun 14, The US military released hundreds of prisoners from Abu Ghraib prison.
    (AP, 6/14/04)
2004        Jun 14, A car bomb tore through a convoy in central Baghdad, killing at least 12 people, including an American and four other foreigners working to rebuild Iraq's power plants.
    (AP, 6/14/04)
2004        Jun 14, The bodies of 6 Shiite truck drivers were found at a morgue in Ramadi, west of Fallujah. They had sought refuge in a police station but were handed over to a hard-line Sunni cleric because they were Shiites.
    (AP, 6/15/04)
2004        Jun 14, The Israeli Supreme Court decided that Israeli municipalities must permit the sale of pork where a majority of residents demand it.
    (AP, 6/14/04)
2004        Jun 14, An Israeli helicopter attack in the West Bank killed 2 Palestinian militants.
    (WSJ, 6/15/04, p.A1)
2004        Jun 14, It was reported that Hmong commanders in Laos acknowledged 21 rebel groups with about 17,000 fighters and family members.
    (SFC, 6/14/04, p.A8)
2004        Jun 14, Police in Nepal said a land mine planted by suspected rebels blew up two police trucks in western Nepal, killing at least 22 officers.
    (AP, 6/14/04)
2004        Jun 12, At least 14 people were killed in Nigeria's oil-rich Delta state as vigilante mobs hunted down suspected armed robbers, soaked them in petrol and then set them alight.
    (Reuters, 6/15/04)
2004        Jun 14, UN humanitarian chief Jan Egeland criticized the Sudanese government for blocking aid workers, food and equipment from reaching the Darfur region.
    (AP, 6/14/04)
2004        Jun 14, The Swiss parliament voted to end a 96-year ban on absinthe. The green spirit was allowed back into shops in much of western Europe following an EU directive in 1981, but it remained outlawed in Switzerland
    (AFP, 6/14/04)
2004        Jun 14, Typhoon Chanthu killed 7 people and left seven more missing when it swept through central Vietnam over the weekend.
    (AP, 6/14/04)

2005        Jun 14, US Army deserter Charles Jenkins, who crossed into North Korea in 1965, arrived in the United States for his first visit in 40 years.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2005        Jun 14, Michelle Wie became the first female player to qualify for an adult male U.S. Golf Association championship, tying for first place in a 36-hole US Amateur Public Links sectional qualifying tournament.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2005        Jun 14, The 7.0-magnitude quake struck northern California about 90 miles southwest of the coastal community of Crescent City, where a 1964 tsunami killed 11 people.
    (AP, 6/15/05)
2005        Jun 14, A health expert warned that Kabul is on the verge of a cholera epidemic, with more than 2,000 cases of the disease and at least eight deaths reported in recent weeks.
    (AP, 6/14/05)
2005        Jun 14, Fighting between about 90 suspected Taliban rebels and hundreds of Afghan soldiers and U.S.-led coalition troops left seven insurgents dead and 10 wounded, while a rebel attack on a medical clinic killed a doctor and six others.
    (AP, 6/15/05)
2005        Jun 14, The Argentine Supreme Court struck down 2 amnesty laws passed in the 1980s. Hundreds of people could be charged with torture, disappearances and babynapping during Argentina's "Dirty War" against dissidents.
    (AP, 6/14/05)(Econ, 6/25/05, p.39)
2005        Jun 14, A 7.9 earthquake rattled cities in Bolivia and Peru and heavily damaged mountain villages in northern Chile, killing at least 11 people including a family of 6.
    (WSJ, 6/14/05, p.A1)(AP, 6/15/05)
2005        Jun 14, Colombia unveiled its own version of a deck of cards for its most wanted insurgent leaders. Army officials planned to distribute 5,000 of the decks to soldiers battling the rebels across the country.
    (AP, 6/14/05)
2005        Jun 14, In Athens, Greece, Asafa Powell of Jamaica, broke the world 100-meter dash record with a time of 9.77 seconds.
    (WSJ, 6/15/05, p.A1)
2005        Jun 14, A bomb exploded outside a bank in Kirkuk, killing 23 people, including child street vendors and pensioners waiting for their checks. In Baghdad, the bodies of 24 men killed in ambushes were brought to a hospital. 5 Iraqi and 3 US soldiers were killed.
    (AP, 6/14/05)(WSJ, 6/15/05, p.A1)
2005        Jun 14, A senior US military official said up to 20 percent of suicide car bombers in Iraq are from Algeria, a sign of growing cooperation between Islamic extremists in northern Africa and like-minded Iraqis.
    (AP, 6/14/05)
2005        Jun 14, Carlo Maria Giulini (91), renowned conductor, died in Brescia, Italy.
    (SFC, 6/16/05, p.B7)
2005        Jun 14, Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. broke ground on a new assembly plant in St. Petersburg, in a vote of confidence in the booming Russian consumer market despite investors' jitters over the Yukos case.
    (AP, 6/14/05)(Econ, 7/16/05, p.58)
2005        Jun 14, A strike called by Kashmir separatists paralyzed India's portion of the disputed Himalayan province, shutting almost all shops, schools and offices to protest an apparent suicide attack that killed 15 people and injured 60 a day earlier.
    (AP, 6/14/05)
2005        Jun 14, Raul Salinas, the brother of former Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, was released on bail after 10 years in prison on charges he masterminded the 1994 killing of a political rival.
    (AP, 6/14/05)
2005        Jun 14, Nepal freed all the journalists detained in a protest of media restrictions, bowing to international demands that the reporters be released at once.
    (AP, 6/14/05)
2005        Jun 14, President Thabo Mbeki dismissed his deputy Jacob Zuma, after he was implicated in a corruption scandal, throwing wide open the question of who will become the next leader of South Africa. Mbeki soon picked Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, his minister for minerals and energy, to replace Zuma.
    (AP, 6/14/05)(Econ, 6/25/05, p.46)
2005        Jun 14, A UN report showed South America's cocaine output rose by 2 percent last year, bucking a five year downward trend as increases in Peru and Bolivia outpaced Colombia's clampdown on coca cultivation.
    (AP, 6/14/05)
2005        Jun 14, Zimbabwe reported that police have razed more than 20,000 shacks and other structures in what President Robert Mugabe called “Operation Murambatsvina,” (drive out the rubbish), an urban cleanup campaign. Some 700,000 people had their homes or businesses destroyed in the campaign.
    (AP, 6/14/05)(Econ, 6/11/05, p.46)(Econ, 5/27/06, p.46)

2006        Jun 14, President Bush, just back from a surprise visit to Iraq, dismissed calls for a US withdrawal as election-year politics and refused to give a timetable or benchmark for success that would allow troops to come home.
    (AP, 6/14/07)
2006        Jun 14, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington named Donald Hall (77), former poet laureate of New Hampshire, as the next poet laureate of the US.
    (AP, 6/14/06)(http://tinyurl.com/hmh6j)
2006        Jun 14, In NYC Kenny Alexis (20), a homeless man, was arrested following a string of stabbings through Manhattan over a 13-hour period.
    (SFC, 6/15/06, p.A12)
2006        Jun 14, Shares of EADS, the parent company of Airbus, fell 26% following an announcement that its new 555-seat airliner would be delayed up to 7 months.
    (Econ, 6/17/06, p.68)
2006        Jun 14, A delegation from Kabul found prison conditions at Guantanamo humane and said the US will send home for trial all 96 Afghans held there.
    (WSJ, 6/15/06, p.A1)
2006        Jun 14, Coalition and Afghan forces killed 26 suspected militants in fighting in eastern mountains, while in southern Afghanistan, more than 11,000 troops prepared for their biggest offensive since the fall of the Taliban five years ago.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Four Andean nations (Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru) agreed to chart new trade plans with the United States without Venezuela.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Azerbaijan and Armenia promised to continue talks over Nagorno-Karabakh despite two failed efforts this year by the Caucasus nations' presidents to resolve the status of the disputed enclave.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, China and Taiwan they've agreed to launch direct charter passenger flights between them during major holidays, a key trust-building step toward restoring regular direct flights cut five decades ago amid civil war.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Husky Energy, Cnooc’s Canadian partner, announced a large gas discovery under the South China Sea. In 2009 Husky confirmed the discovery saying the Liwan field could ultimately produce over 150 million cubic feet per day.
    (WSJ, 7/19/06, p.A8)(http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060614/to279.html?.v=30)(WSJ, 2/25/09, p.B3)
2006        Jun 14, Gunmen killed seven coca pickers in southwestern Colombia in an attack police blamed on leftist rebels.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, France's highest court upheld George Soros' conviction for insider trading in a case dating back nearly 20 years, and the billionaire investor vowed to fight the ruling at the European Court of Human Rights.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, India's largest film festival kicked off in Dubai, as a number of Bollywood stars descended on this booming Gulf city state where Indians make up the largest community.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14-2006 Jun 15, In Indian Kashmir suspected Islamic insurgents shot dead five Muslims, and exploded a bomb that injured four people.
    (AP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 14, A French court handed down prison terms ranging from six months to 10 years for 25 Islamic radicals convicted of planning to carry out attacks on the Eiffel Tower and other targets in Paris. All but one had been accused of helping Islamic fighters in Chechnya.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, German drugmaker Merck KGaA agreed to sell its 21.8% stake in Schering AG to Bayer AG, clearing the way for Bayer to take over Schering and end a merger drama that saw Merck in a position to block the takeover. In the process Merck gained a windfall of some €400 million.
    (AP, 6/14/06)(Econ, 6/17/06, p.64)
2006        Jun 14, In Indonesia Abu Bakar Bashir (68), a reputed top leader of an al-Qaida-linked terror group that has been blamed for the 2002 Bali bombings and other deadly attacks, walked free from prison after serving 26 months for conspiracy.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Tens of thousands of Iraqi police and soldiers searched cars and secured roads in Baghdad as PM Nouri al-Maliki launched a major security crackdown aimed at ending the violence that has devastated the capital.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, In Mexico some 3000 elements of the state ministerial police, preventive police and Oaxaca state firemen began to violently remove a sit-in of 70,000 workers from Section 22 of the National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) with tear gas, smoke grenades, stun grenades and firearms. Thus far there have been 13 reported arrests, 4 injuries, 5 bullet wounds, and between 6 and 9 deaths, as well as a break-in to the Teachers' Union building and the destruction of the installations of Radio Plantón (a free/non-licensed community radio station that has been a point of reference for social movements in Oaxaca).
    (www.indymedia.org/en/2006/06/840911.shtml)
2006        Jun 14, Dozens of Palestinian civil servants stormed a parliamentary session to demand long-overdue salaries, attacking Hamas lawmakers and forcing the parliament speaker to flee the building. Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar, who has been seeking to raise money for the financially strapped government, returned to the Gaza Strip with a suitcase full of cash. A Hamas militant was shot and killed outside his home in the Gaza town of Khan Younis after Hamas gunmen shot a security commander loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
    (AP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Somali lawmakers in Baidoa approved a peacekeeping mission for Somalia.  Islamic militia captured Jowhar from warlord Mohammed Dheere, a member of the US-backed Alliance for the Restoration of Peace and Counter-Terrorism (ARPCT).
    (AP, 6/14/06)(AFP, 6/15/06)
2006        Jun 14, The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said his office had documented massacres with hundreds of victims in Sudan's war-torn Darfur region as well as hundreds of rape cases.
    (AFP, 6/14/06)
2006        Jun 14, Pres. Hugo Chavez said Venezuela will buy 24 Russian-made Sukhoi fighter jets this year, and his government will build a factory to produce Kalashnikov assault rifles.
    (AP, 6/15/06)

2007        Jun 14, The San Antonio Spurs won their fourth NBA title in nine years as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 83-82 in Game 4.
    (AP, 6/14/08)
2007        Jun 14, A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll said US President George W. Bush's approval rating has plunged to a new low of 29 percent.
    (AP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, In Mississippi Klansman James Ford Seale (71) was convicted on federal charges of kidnapping and conspiracy in the 1964 deaths of Charles Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee. Seale faced life in prison with sentencing on Aug 24.
    (AP, 6/15/07)
2007        Jun 14, A US panel said an obesity treatment made by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis was unsafe and should not be marketed in the United States.
    (AP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, In Channahon, Ill., 3 children and a woman were found shot to death in a sport utility vehicle parked just off a service road. On June 23 authorities charged Christopher Vaughn (32) with two murder counts per victim, saying he gunned down his family in their sport utility vehicle.
    (AP, 6/14/07)(AP, 6/24/07)
2007        Jun 14, Abel Diaz Lucas, also known as Jorge Guevara-Perez, was arrested in El Paso, Texas. The next day he was handed to Mexican authorities, who had been trying to find Diaz for five years. They accused him of running a central Mexico gang notorious for cutting off the fingers and ears of their victims and sending them to their families to demand ransom money.
    (AP, 6/15/07)
2007        Jun 14, In California the Sonoma County Water Agency became the first water provider in the state since the early 1990s to institute mandatory rationing.
    (SFC, 6/15/07, p.A1)
2007        Jun 14, Colgate warned that a counterfeit toothpaste bearing its name has been found in four states and may contain diethylene glycol, a poisonous chemical used in antifreeze.
    (WSJ, 6/15/07, p.B3)
2007        Jun 14, In Australia New Zealand PM Helen Clark met briefly with the Dalai Lama as they both toured Australia, where the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit has drawn fire from China.
    (AFP, 6/14/07)
 2007        Jun 14, In Austria Kurt Waldheim (b.1918), former UN Secretary-General (1972-1982), died. He was elected Austrian president in 1986 despite an international scandal about his secretive World War II military service for the Nazis.
    (AP, 6/14/07)(Econ, 6/23/07, p.97)
2007        Jun 14, Cambodian PM Hun Sen, visiting Japan, pledged to fight corruption to lure more investors from top donor Japan as he tries to wean his government away from foreign aid.
    (AP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, Canada said it had approved the idea of burying nuclear waste from its power plants deep in the ground at a single location, a proposal that green activists immediately condemned as too risky.
    (Reuters, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, Police in Henan province said they have rescued more than 200 people, including 29 children, who were working as "slaves" in brick kilns, in a shocking revelation of labor practices in booming China.
    (AFP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, Four soldiers were convicted of killing a truck driver and five passengers in Chechnya, but three of the defendants have been missing since disappearing while on trial.
    (AP, 6/15/07)
2007        Jun 14, Colombia’s Congress passed a bill to give established gay couples full rights to health insurance, inheritance and social security. This would make it the first Latin American country to provide such rights.
    (AP, 6/15/07)
2007        Jun 14, A UN spokesman said that Ethiopia has accepted a UN commission's ruling to turn over the disputed town of Badme to Eritrea. In a letter last week to the UN Security Council, the Ethiopian government gave its unconditional acceptance of the commission's decision announced five years ago.
    (AP, 6/15/07)
2007        Jun 14, Fiji's military ruler said he was expelling New Zealand's top diplomat, sending already strained relations between the South Pacific nation and one of its biggest neighbors spiraling even lower. Commodore Bainimarama said he had told New Zealand High Commissioner Michael Green to leave because the diplomat would not "stop interfering in Fiji's domestic affairs."
    (AP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, India's governing coalition chose Pratibha Patil (72), the governor of northwestern state of Rajashtan, as its presidential candidate, setting the stage for her to become the country's first female president. It was later reported that in the late 1970s she had favored compulsory sterilization for people with hereditary diseases. Reports also said that the Reserve Bank of India had shut down a women’s co-operative bank where she had given favorable loans to relatives.
    (AP, 6/14/07)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.49)
2007        Jun 14, A handful of Sunni mosques were attacked or burned, but curfews and increased troop levels kept Iraq in relative calm a day after suspected al-Qaida bombers toppled the towering minarets of a prized Shiite shrine. Attackers broke into the Hateen mosque in Iskandariyah and planted bombs inside. Gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked the Talha Bin al-Zubair shrine about 13 miles outside Basra. They returned early the next day, planting bombs inside the structure that destroyed it. Insurgents linked to al-Qaida released a videotape showing the execution-style deaths of 14 Iraqi soldiers and policemen after the expiration of a 72-hour deadline for the Iraqi government to meet their demands. 3 US soldiers were killed when a bomb exploded near their vehicle during operations in Kirkuk province. A 4th soldier was killed by small arms fire in Diyala province.
    (AP, 6/14/07)(AP, 6/15/07)
2007        Jun 14, Rifat Hadziahmetovic (39) of Montenegro and another "Pink Panther" member allegedly stole a diamond tiara worth 200 million yen (2.3 million dollars) and other gems from a jewelry store in Tokyo's upmarket Ginza district. Hadziahmetovic was arrested in 2009 in Cyprus. In 2010 he was extradited to Japan from Spain for the robbery in Tokyo. The other suspect in the heist, Radovan Jelusic (39) was arrested in Rome in May in possession of a forged Croatian passport.
    (AP, 8/14/10)
2007        Jun 14, More than $20 million in disputed North Korean funds was transferred from a blacklisted Macau bank, signaling a breakthrough in a dispute that has held up the North's pledge to shut down its nuclear reactor.
    (AP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, In the Netherlands four African states (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe), after an 18-year ban, were allowed to put their ivory stocks on the market in a one-time sale as part of a hard-fought compromise reached with other Africans who tried to block the sale. The 171-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, approved the deal by consensus.
    (AP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, Nigerian separatist leader Mujahid Asari Dokubo, whose detention on treason charges since 2005 has sparked kidnappings in the oil-rich Niger Delta, was provisionally freed on health grounds. Militants freed 10 Indian hostages, including 2 women and 2 children.
    (AFP, 6/14/07)(AFP, 6/16/07)
2007        Jun 14, In eastern Pakistan thousands rallied against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf, demanding the ouster of the military ruler for suspending the country's top judge. Gunmen opened fire on government troops in the southwestern city of Quetta, considered a Taliban hideout, shortly after the visit of a top US official, killing seven soldiers and two police.
    (AP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared an emergency after the Hamas militant group effectively took control of the Gaza Strip. Hamas fighters overran one of the rival Fatah movement's most important security installations in the Gaza Strip. Witnesses said the victors dragged vanquished gunmen into the street and shot them to death execution-style. 14 fighters and civilians were killed and 80 wounded in the battle for the Preventive Security complex, bringing the day's death toll to 25 by mid-afternoon. Witnesses, Fatah officials and a doctor reported gangland-style killings of the defeated fighters. Palestinian security officials said an Israeli tank shell killed six people, including five children, in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. The clashes in Gaza left an estimated 116 people dead and over 500 wounded.
    (AP, 6/15/07)(WSJ, 6/19/07, p.A1)(AP, 6/14/08)
2007        Jun 14, In Puerto Rico 5 men robbed a Loomis Fargo armored car. The next day Angel Fernandez Ramos, a Puerto Rican police officer assigned to a DEA anti-drugs unit, was arrested and charged with carrying out the $515,000 armored car heist with three relatives and another man.
    (AP, 6/16/07)
2007        Jun 14, Romania's government defended its decision to return "Dracula's Castle" to members of the former royal family, denying allegations that the decision was illegal.
    (AP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, In South Africa former UN chief Kofi Annan said he would head a new green group bankrolled by Microsoft chairman Bill Gates to help reverse Africa's declining food production and double output.
    (AP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, Sudan’s press reported that 4 people were killed and at least 10 wounded when police dispersed residents in the Kijbar region of north Sudan protesting a dam project which they say will destroy their community.
    (AFP, 6/14/07)
2007        Jun 14, The Swiss National Bank raised interest rates by a quarter point.
    (Econ, 6/16/07, p.80)
2007        Jun 14, In insurgency-wracked southern Thailand a bomb exploded during a soccer match, wounding 14 police officers who were providing security.
    (AP, 6/14/07)

2008        Jun 14, Shuttle Discovery and its crew of seven returned to Earth and capped a successful expansion job at the international space station, more spacious and robust thanks to a new billion-dollar science lab.
    (AP, 6/14/08)
2008        Jun 14, In northern California the former Fort Baker was rededicated as a public park and featured the new 142-room Cavallo Point lodge.
    (SFC, 6/13/08, p.A1)
2008        Jun 14, In Afghanistan a roadside bomb killed four US troops. Afghan and US-led coalition forces killed more than 15 insurgents during a hunt for inmates who fled prison after a sophisticated Taliban attack that set hundreds free, while Afghan forces recaptured 20 prisoners. Fifteen militants were killed in the Sangin area of Helmand province after a group of men in a treeline fired on Afghan and coalition troops.
    (AP, 6/14/08)(AP, 6/15/08)(AP, 6/16/08)
2008        Jun 14, Argentine police in riot gear broke up a farmers' highway blockade, briefly arresting 19 demonstrators including a prominent leader of a three-month protest against an increase in grain export taxes.
    (AP, 6/14/08)
2008        Jun 14, Rebels in Chad attacked the eastern town of Goz-Beida, and Irish EU troops took up defensive positions between the fighting and a refugee camp.
    (Reuters, 6/14/08)
2008        Jun 14, The EU presented Iran with a modified package of incentives to suspend its uranium enrichment program, but an Iran government spokesman said the country would reject the offer if it requires a halt to sensitive nuclear work. As part of the package Western nations told Iran that they could cut off any new help to Iran's anti-drug units unless the Islamic regime halts uranium enrichment.
    (AP, 6/14/08)(AP, 6/24/08)
2008        Jun 14, In northeast India landslides and house collapses caused by 2 days of heavy rains killed at least 14 people and injured more than 50 others.
    (AP, 6/14/08)
2008        Jun 14, US helicopters blanketed the southern city of Amarah with pamphlets urging residents to cooperate with Iraqi security forces as they prepare for a new operation against Shiite militia fighters. A bomb hidden on a bus exploded in a Shiite neighborhood in eastern Baghdad, killing two people and wounding eight.
    (AP, 6/14/08)
2008        Jun 14, In northern Japan a magnitude-7.2 earthquake ripped across mountains and rice fields, killing at least 13 people as it sheared off hillsides, jolted buildings and shook nuclear power plants. 10 people remained missing.
    (SFC, 6/17/08, p.A8)(AP, 6/18/08)(AFP, 7/10/08)
2008        Jun 14, In northern Japan a magnitude-7.2 earthquake ripped across mountains and rice fields, killing at least 11 people as it sheared off hillsides, jolted buildings and shook nuclear power plants. 12 people remained missing.
    (SFC, 6/17/08, p.A8)(AP, 6/18/08)
2008        Jun 14, In Nigeria a union leader said teachers have ended their three-day strike after the government agreed to heed their demand for a pay rise.
    (AFP, 6/14/08)
2008        Jun 14, Pakistan's main ruling party said it will reinstate judges ousted by President Pervez Musharraf only after it has overcome legal obstacles following a massive rally calling for their restoration.
    (AP, 6/14/08)
2008        Jun 14, Striking truck drivers in South Korea threatened to block the country's largest port to protest surging fuel prices.
    (AP, 6/14/08)
2008        Jun 14, Zaragoza, Spain, opened a World Expo and expected some 6 million visitors. The expo was due to close on Sep 14.
    (SSFC, 3/25/07, p.G2)
2008        Jun 14, Spanish police said they had charged 20 people with exchanging child pornography online and arrested 14 others in a nationwide operation.
    (Reuters, 6/14/08)
2008        Jun 14, In Sri Lanka ground battles left 15 guerrillas and two soldiers dead.
    (AP, 6/15/08)
2008        Jun 14, Swedish jazz star Esbjoern Svensson was killed at the weekend in a scuba diving accident off Stockholm.
    (AFP, 6/16/08)
2008        Jun 14, Annualized inflation in Venezuela stood at around 30% amidst an economic slowdown and an unprecedented crime-wave.
    (Econ, 6/14/08, p.47)
2008        Jun 14, President Robert Mugabe vowed that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would never rule Zimbabwe and that he was prepared to fight to keep them from taking power. Zimbabwe opposition's number two leader appeared in court to face a treason charge, while police again detained opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai ahead of this month's presidential run-off election.
    (Reuters, 6/14/08)(AFP, 6/14/08)

2009        Jun 14, In Florida Tyler Hayes Weinman (18), whose divorced parents live in the neighborhoods where many of the cats were killed, was charged with 19 counts each of animal cruelty and improperly disposing of an animal body. Police said they investigated more than 30 cat deaths since May and were flooded with tips from concerned citizens.
    (AP, 6/15/09)(SFC, 6/15/09, p.A6)
2009        Jun 14, Afghanistan’s Interior Minister Hanif Atmar said more than 250 people, many of them militants and some foreign insurgents, were killed during attacks by the Taliban in 25 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces last week. Police and civilians were also among the dead. He also warned that Islamist militants would attempt to sabotage the August 20 presidential election.
    (Reuters, 6/14/09)
2009        Jun 14, Belarus boycotted a Moscow-led security summit to protest a Russian ban on Belarusian dairy products, deepening a politically charged dispute between the two ex-Soviet neighbors. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and the other Organization of the Collective Security Treaty (CSTO) leaders signed an agreement creating a joint rapid-reaction force that could bolster the power and prestige of the seven-nation alliance, seen largely as an ex-Soviet answer to NATO.
    (AP, 6/14/09)
2009        Jun 14, In Iran protesters set fires and smashed store windows in a second day of violence as groups challenging President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election tried to keep pressure on authorities. Anti-riot police lashed back and the regime blocked Internet sites used to rally the pro-reform campaign.
    (AP, 6/14/09)
2009        Jun 14, Israel’s PM Netanyahu said that he would accept a Palestinian state, but attached conditions such as having no army that the Palestinians swiftly rejected.
    (AP, 6/15/09)(SFC, 6/15/09, p.A3)
2009        Jun 14, Pakistan said it would resort to force against Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in South Waziristan. Militants remotely-detonated explosives hidden in a rickshaw, causing chaos at a busy market in Dera Ismail Khan town, with 9 people killed and dozens injured. Jet planes bombed hideouts in the tribal area of Bajaur. Up to 44 suspected militants killed in the onslaught. A US drone attack targeting a militant vehicle killed at least three people, including Uzbek and Arab militants, in the Mardar Algad area of South Waziristan.
    (AFP, 6/14/09)(AFP, 6/15/09)(SFC, 6/15/09, p.A4)
2009        Jun 14, In Sri Lanka the mandate of a presidential commission of inquiry, established two years ago under intense international pressure to investigate earlier claims of abuses in the war, expired without an extension. It had been assigned 16 cases of alleged abuses by both sides, including the 2006 execution-style slaying of 17 aid workers for the French organization Action Against Hunger. Nissanka Udalagama, a former Supreme Court justice who chaired the commission, later said it had only completed work on 7 of the assigned cases. Extensions had been routinely granted in the past, but not this time. Instead, the commission was dissolved.
    (AP, 6/16/09)
2009        Jun 14, Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva urged the country not to panic about swine flu, after the number of cases grew nine-fold in four days and a cluster emerged in a key tourist hub. Health authorities reported that confirmed cases of the H1N1 virus soared to 150, compared with just 16 on June 10, including a number of foreigners.
    (AFP, 6/14/09)
2009        Jun 14, Yemen accused a Shiite rebel group of kidnapping 9 foreigners in northern Saada province. The Interior Ministry official said Hassan Hussein Bin Alwan, a Saudi man suspected of financing Al-Qaida cells in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, has been arrested.
    (AP, 6/14/09)

2010        Jun 14, US authorities gave BP permission to start burning oil and gas piped up from its broken seafloor well as part of a pledge to more than triple how much crude it stops from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, Lisette Lee, a California woman traveling to Ohio on a private jet, was arrested at the Columbus airport with 506 pounds of marijuana stashed in 13 suitcases.
    (SFC, 6/17/10, p.A8)
2010        Jun 14, Floodwaters inundated parts of Oklahoma City following 10 inches of rain.
    (SFC, 6/15/10, p.A6)
2010        Jun 14, A spokesman for Afghan Pres. Hamid Karzai's said US geologists have discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, possibly amounting to $1 trillion. Militants attacked Afghan and NATO forces outside of Jalalabad city. The resulting firefight left two police officers and five attackers dead. Roadside bombs killed four police officers in Wardak province and one in Kandahar province. A remote-controlled explosive killed four people in Helmand province. A second roadside bomb killed two others in western Herat province.
    (AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, Britain’s new Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) put the deficit for the financial year to March 2011 at £155 billion ($299 billion), or 10.5% of GDP.
    (Econ, 6/19/10, p.57)
2010        Jun 14, Indian security forces killed 10 Maoists in an operation that involved about 2,000 men to clear a rebel stronghold in Jharkhand. One paramilitary policeman was also killed in the fighting, which began late the previous evening.
    (AFP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, In northern India at least 52 people drowned after a boat capsized on the Ganges river in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, Iran’s state radio said Iran is sending aid ships to blockaded Gaza, a move likely to be considered provocative by Israel which accuses Tehran of arming Hamas, the Palestinian enclave's Islamist rulers.
    (Reuters, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, An Iranian airport official said 71 Iranian women "improperly" dressed were prevented from boarding flights in recent months, as a police crackdown on the behavior of young people intensified.
    (AFP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, The Israeli Cabinet approved an investigation into the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in an effort to counter international criticism as the EU pressed Israel to lift the blockade of Gaza, deeming it "unacceptable." Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a police vehicle in the West Bank, killing an Israeli police officer and wounding two others. On July 19 the Shin Bet security service said five Palestinians, accused of being members of a Hamas cell, have been arrested for killing the Israeli policeman.
    (AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 7/19/10)
2010        Jun 14, Iraq's new parliament convened for just under 20 minutes in what was little more than a symbolic inaugural session because of unresolved differences over key government positions.
    (AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, In Mexico Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim and Mexican President Felipe Calderon announced that foundations run by Gates and Slim will each donate $50 million to the 150 million 2015 Meso-American Health Initiative. The Spanish government will contribute the rest.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, In Mexico gunmen killed 15 federal police officers in separate attacks. 12 officers died in an ambush near a high school in the western state of Michoacan. 3 gunmen were also killed in a clash with soldiers in Michoacan. Assailants killed 3 more officers in Chihuahua City. At least 29 inmates were killed as rival gangs clashed inside a prison in Mazatlan, Sinaloa state.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, In North Korea the relatives of former economic official Pak Nam Gi and other officials were collected and forcibly loaded into a wagon before being sent to the prison camp. The information was made public on July 6 by Seoul-based Good Friends on its website.
    (AP, 7/7/10)
2010        Jun 14, In Peru thousands of workers blocked a key highway, risking clashes with police at La Oroya where Doe Run, a US-owned smelter, is at the center of a bitter year-long environmental dispute. The protest marked the start of an indefinite strike to compel the government to push back a July 15 deadline imposed on the US firm Doe Run to comply with new environmental regulations.
    (AFP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, In the southern Philippines a brazen gunman shot and killed Desidario Camangyan (52) of Sunshine FM radio, as he hosted a singing contest before shocked spectators in Davao Oriental province's Manay township.
    (AP, 6/15/10)
2010        Jun 14, In Spain Barcelona City Mayor Jordi Hereu announced a measure to bar the use of face-covering Islamic veils in municipal buildings. He insisted it was not specifically religious saying it is aimed at all dress that impedes identification, and thus includes motorcycle helmets and ski masks.
    (AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, Some 100,000 minority Uzbeks fleeing a purge by mobs of Kyrgyz massed at the border, as the deadliest ethnic violence to hit this Central Asian nation in decades as fires raged in the southern city of Osh for a fourth day.
    (AP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, Vietnam and the US agreed to US financing worth 500 million dollars aimed at boosting American exports for high-priority infrastructure projects in the communist country.
    (AFP, 6/14/10)

2011        Jun 14, President Obama became the first president since John F. Kennedy to make an official visit to Puerto Rico. Despite sweltering temperatures, he was greeted enthusiastically by thousands of Puerto Ricans. Obama spent time with Luis Fortuno, the island’s Republican governor, and he gave a speech in which he expressed his appreciation for the culture and heritage of the Puerto Rican people. Regarding the issue of Puerto Rico’s status, Obama said there should be a referendum, and if the voters choose statehood, or choose independence, his administration would respect their decision.     
            (AP, 6/14/11)
2011        Jun 14, Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, announced that he will be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. Huntsman, considered a moderate, served as President Obama’s ambassador to China before resigning a month ago, in preparation for his presidential run.
            (AP, 6/14/11)
2011            Jun 14, At its annual conference in Phoenix, the Southern Baptist Convention, until thirty years ago a nearly all-white organization, elected an African-American pastor, Rev. Fred Luter Jr. of New Orleans, to the position of first vice president. This is the highest position ever held by a black minister, and was seen by members as further proof that the Convention is committed to ethnic diversity. 
            (NYT, 6/15/11)
2011        Jun 14, The Wallow Fire in eastern Arizona has now burned more than 733 square miles, and is about to become the largest wildfire in state history.
            (AP, 6/14/11)
2011         Jun 14, In California US District Judge James Ware has upheld the ruling made by another judge, Vaughn Walker, which overturned a ban on gay marriage. In August 2010, Walker ruled that California’s Proposition 8 discriminated against gay people. Opponents of gay marriage appealed, saying Walker should have recused himself because he is gay and thus unable to be impartial. But Judge Ware rejected the appeal, saying that with such logic, a female judge could not rule on any cases where a woman was seeking legal relief, and a minority judge could not rule on civil rights cases.     
            (LAT, 6/14/11)(Reuters, 6/14/11)
2011        Jun 14, In an effort to help combat childhood obesity, the Los Angeles Unified School District agreed to stop serving flavored milk; neither chocolate nor strawberry milk will be available in school cafeterias after July 1.
            (LAT, 6/15/11)(AP, 6/14/11)
2011        Jun 14, A collection of 121 works of art, including Jackson Pollack’s “Lucky,” considered a masterpiece, was donated to Stanford University by philanthropists Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson and their daughter Mary Patricia Anderson Pence. The art will be housed in a new facility, to be called the Anderson Gallery. 
            (San Jose, CA Mercury-News, 6/14/11)
2011        Jun 14, In northern California Jerry Wayne Steele (60) shot Cecilia Mortenson (14) and her mother, Ashley Volore (49), after botching an attempt to kidnap them in Crescent City. Steele had molested the girl over a 4-year period. Steele shot and killed himself as police approached. Cecilia was removed from life support on June 17.
    (SFC, 6/21/11, p.C2)
2011        Jun 14, The Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstated Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to all but end collective bargaining for public workers.
    (SFC, 6/15/11, p.A5) 
2011        Jun 14, In Washington DC, Catholic University has decided to put an end to co-ed dormitories. John H. Garvey, president of the college, believes that single-sex dorms will minimize binge drinking and casual sex.
            (Washington Post, 6/14/11) 
2011        Jun 14, The much-delayed stage play “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” finally opened on Broadway. Originally scheduled to open on February 18, 2010, the project endured financial problems, accidents that injured several cast members, and criticism from preview audiences, which led to the firing of the play’s original director, Julie Taymor.
            (AP, 6/15/11)
2011        Jun 14, In Brazil a landless peasant activist was reported killed by a gunshot to his head outside his home in Brazil, the fifth murder in a month likely tied to the conflict over land and logging in the Amazon. The body of Obede Loyla Souza was found over the weekend in the dense forest surrounding his home in the landless settlement of Esperanca.
    (AP, 6/16/11)
2011        Jun 14, Canada Post locked out all its employees, saying more than a week of rotating strikes by unionized letter carriers and other postal workers had cost it too much money.
    (Reuters, 6/15/11)(Econ, 7/2/11, p.30)
2011        Jun 14, In Chile the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano once again was spewing clouds of ash, disrupting a growing number of flights throughout South America. The main airports in both Argentina and Chile remained closed. The cloud of ash threatened to delay next month's start of the Copa America football tournament in Argentina.
    (AP, 6/14/11)
2011        Jun 14, Indian officials signed an agreement with the World Bank to use a $1 billion loan to finance a new effort to cleanup of the Ganges.
    (SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 14, The government of India has announced that in July, it will withdraw the last of its attack helicopters from the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The news of the withdrawal caused concern because Indian troops have played a major role in the UN’s ongoing effort to prevent civil strife in Congo from worsening.
            (Washington Post, 6/14/11)
2011        Jun 14, In Iraq PM al-Maliki linked assassinations of security officials to his own government and said a militia of more than 400 men had been set up within the Interior Ministry. At least 8 people were killed after gunmen stormed a local council office in Baquba, Diyala province.
    (SFC, 6/16/11, p.A3)(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A4)
2011        Jun 14, In Libya NATO forces resumed airstrikes on the capital city of Tripoli.  Journalists were not told what specific sites were being targeted, nor how long the bombardments would continue.
            (AP, 6/14/11)
2011        Jun 14, In Mexico charges against a former Tijuana mayor, allegedly caught with 88 guns at his home, were dismissed and a judge refused a request to hold him in a murder investigation. The next day Assistant Attorney General Patricia Bugarin said the judge who freed gambling magnate and former mayor Jorge Hank Rhon acted with "bias and subjectivity" in dismissing the federal charges. Police said 2 dead men have been found hanging by their hands off highway bridges around the city of Monterrey in less than 24 hours.
    (AP, 6/15/11)(SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 14, Mongolia opened its first official US consulate in San Francisco.
    (SFC, 6/15/11, p.D1)
2011        Jun 14, Myanmar government troops battled rebel fighters of the Kachin Independence Organization in an effort to force them from a strategic region where China is building major hydropower plants. The fighting has left 20 people dead and forced 2000 to flee.
    (SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 14, The UN declared Nepal free of land mines after the last one was destroyed.
    (SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 14, Pakistan’s top military spy agency has reportedly arrested 5 Pakistani informants who fed information to the CIA in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of bin Laden. Army Major Amir Aziz has not been seen since the May 2 raid. He had lived adjacent to bin laden’s compound fro several years. Some 35-40 people were said to have been arrested countrywide on suspicion of working for the CIA on the Abbottabad operation.
    (SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)(SFC, 6/16/11, p.A2)
2011        Jun 14, In Yemen hundreds of thousands protested in several major cities calling for the creation of a transitional presidential council and demanding that Pres. Saleh and his relatives face trial.
    (SFC, 6/15/11, p.A4)

2012        Jun 14, In Alaska 5 Japanese climbers on an expedition to scale Mt. McKinley were caught up in the avalanche. One managed to escape and 4 were left missing.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)
2012        Jun 14, The Washington Post reported that the United States military is expanding a secret network of air bases across Africa in order to spy on Al-Qaeda and other militant groups in a program dating back to 2007.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, A US federal judge sentenced former jet-setting Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford to 110 years in prison for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion over two decades.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, In West Oakland, Ca., a fire at a construction site disrupted the BART transbay service for 12 hours. Federal investigators later said arson was the cause.
    (SFC, 6/29/12, p.C7)
2012        Jun 14, In Afghanistan neighbors and regional heavyweights met in Kabul to try to tackle common threats and problems together. The one-day conference included Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan. Representatives of 15 other countries, most of them Western, and a dozen regional and international organizations were also attending. 3 border police officers were killed when their truck hit a roadside bomb in Nangarhar province. An officer with the national intelligence service was killed in a suicide bombing in Kunar province.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Australia announced a 2.3 million-square-km marine preserve expansion creating the world's largest network of marine reserves which will restrict fishing as well as oil and gas exploration in a major step to safeguard the environment and access to food.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Bahrain's appeals court acquitted 9 medics and cut the jail terms of 9 others for their role in anti-regime protests last year, in a case widely criticized by rights groups. Two others arrested in the crackdown, who remain at large, did not appeal. Many of the 20 medics, 15 of whom are doctors, alleged they were tortured in prison.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King said the country would launch a scheme to provide cheap long-term funding to banks to encourage them to lend to businesses and consumers. It will flood Britain's banking system with more than 100 billion pounds, seeking to pump credit through an economy struggling to escape recession under the "black cloud" of the euro zone crisis.
    (Reuters, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said a British soldier has been killed in a grenade attack in southern Afghanistan. This brought to 418 the number of British troops killed since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Apache Corp said it has made what it believes may be one of the world's largest shale-gas discoveries in a remote corner of northeastern British Columbia, a massive field containing as much as 48 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas.
    (Reuters, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, Egypt's highest court ruled that former PM Ahmed Shafiq, the last prime minister to serve under Hosni Mubarak, can stay in the presidential race and that a third of lawmakers in parliament were illegally elected, forcing a re-vote in a potential blow to Islamists who dominate the legislature.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, The Indian military said Pakistani forces killed one Indian soldier in firing across their disputed frontier in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, In Indonesia mobs stabbed an onlooker to death, injured four other people and burned five shops, four cars and more than 20 motorbikes, hours after they learned police had shot and killed Mako Tabuni, the deputy chairman of the National Committee for West Papua.
    (AP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, In Indonesia Alexander Aan (30) was sentenced to 30 months of prison and a $10,600 fine for posting pro-atheist and anti-Islam comments on Facebook. He was also fined the equivalent of $10,600. Aan was arrested in January after an angry mob reacting to the Facebook posts stormed his office, where he worked as a civil servant.
    (http://tinyurl.com/7nvh7m3)
2012        Jun 14, Iran said it arrested a number of chief suspects in the assassinations of two of its nuclear scientists in the past two years, and claimed they were linked to Israel.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Forty three international aid groups and 7 UN agencies urged Israel to open Gaza's borders, saying its border blockade violates international law and indiscriminately harms Gaza's 1.6 million people. Today marked the fifth anniversary of the imposition of the blockade.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Jordanian schoolboy Omar Botush (17) pleaded "mistreatment" as prosecutors pressed murder charges over the killings of his father, mother, two brothers and an uncle.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, Mexican presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto said Colombian Gen. Oscar Naranjo (55) has agreed to serve as his adviser on fighting drug trafficking if Pena Nieto wins the July 1 election.
    (AP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, In Nepal the badly decomposed and decapitated body of Debbie Maveau (23) of Belgium, missing for 10 days, was found beneath a hiking trail in the Langtang National Park.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)
2012        Jun 14, Somali government spokesman Abdirahman Omar Osman said that some 500 al-Shabab fighters have defected to the government side.
    (AP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka, who was released from jail last month, renewed his fight with President Mahinda Rajapakse with a call to defeat his "corrupt" government.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)
2012        Jun 14, In Syria a suicide bomber detonated his van packed with explosives in a Damascus suburb, wounding 14 people and damaging one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines. Troops continued to pound rebel-controlled areas in Homs, while rebels reportedly clashed with government forces in several other parts of the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 3 civilians were killed overnight in clashes at the entrances of the Jouret el-Shayyah neighborhood in Homs city. Another died in the rebel-held town of Rastan north of Homs. UN observers entered the nearly deserted town of Haffa and found smoldering buildings, looted shops, smashed cars and a strong stench of death. According to the Observatory at least 84 people died in clashes and bombings across Syria, 48 of them civilians.
    (AP, 6/14/12)(AP, 6/15/12)(AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, Syrian authorities arrested terrorist Mohamed Hossam al-Saddaqa, a member of the Al-Nusra Front of Al-Qaeda, who was planning to blow himself up inside Al-Rifai Mosque in Damascus during Friday prayers."
    (AFP, 6/15/12)
2012        Jun 14, Yemeni forces killed 15 Al-Qaeda fighters in a clash at a control station in Shabwa province on the country's only gas export pipeline. At least 48 people, including 40 militants, were killed as the army moved to take control of Shuqra, Abyan province. 9 people died from landmines while returning to Zinjibar from where they had fled after the militants seized it in May 2011.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)(AFP, 6/23/12)

2013        Jun 14, It was reported that a group led by the nonprofit Conservation Fund has purchased 16,645 acres of forest in California’s Sonoma County for $24.5 million. The land, known as Preservation Ranch, will be renamed Buckeye Forest.
    (SFC, 6/14/13, p.A1)
2013        Jun 14, A state of Michigan appointed emergency manager for Detroit said the city is defaulting on about $2.5 billion in unsecured debt and was asking creditors to accept 10 cents for each dollar owed them.
    (SFC, 6/15/13, p.A6)
2013        Jun 14, A British court fined the Sellafield nuclear waste site 700,000 pounds for the illegal dumping of radioactive material, the latest controversy to assail an industry that will have a toxic legacy lasting thousands of years.
    (Reuters, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 14, The Bulgarian parliament's quick appointment of legislator and media mogul Delyan Peevski (33) to head the country's security service sparked massive protests and prompted the president to demand the decision be immediately reversed. Parliament soon reversed the nomination.
    (AP, 6/14/13)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.56)
2013        Jun 14, A new bridge linking Vidin in Bulgaria with Calafat in Romania opened. It was just the 2nd on the 500-km stretch of the Danube River that forms the common border between the Balkan neighbors.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 14, Czech police and prosecutors said they believe Jana Nagyova, the top aide and alleged mistress of PM Petr Necas, ordered a military intelligence agency to illegally spy on three people. Authorities said that Nagyova's motives were "purely private."
    (AP, 6/14/13)(Econ, 6/22/13, p.58)
2013        Jun 14, EU trade ministers at a meeting in Luxembourg agreed to France's demand to keep its movie and television industry out of the hotly anticipated trans-Atlantic talks.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 14, In France the Airbus A350's maiden flight ended with a safe landing, setting the stage for intensifying competition with US rival Boeing in the long-haul wide-body aircraft market.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 14, Guatemala Pres. Otto Perez said a heavily armed group, said to be part of a band of drug traffickers, ambushed and killed 8 police officers 120 miles west of Guatemala City.
    (SFC, 6/15/13, p.A2)
2013        Jun 14, In northern India monsoon rains began early and soon washed away whole villages. By the end of the month over 1,000 were dead and many more missing in Urrarakhand state.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.38)
2013        Jun 14, In Indonesia Rusli Zainal, governor of Riau since 2003, was arrested on charges that included dishing out illegal logging permits to finance a forthcoming re-election campaign.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.39)
2013        Jun 14, Iran held presidential elections. Results the next day said Hasan Rowhani took 50.7% of the more than 36 million votes cast.
    (AP, 6/14/13)(AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 14, Hezbollah's leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah vowed that his Lebanon-based militants would keep fighting in Syria "wherever needed" after the US agreed to arm the rebels in the civil war.
    (AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 14, In southern Libya army Col. Omar Salah was killed in an ambush on his brigade in Kira.
    (AP, 6/15/13)
2013        Jun 14, In New Zealand Google announced the launch of Project Loon, a collection of helium balloons with antennas controlled to provide Internet access.
    (SFC, 6/15/13, p.A4)
2013        Jun 14, In the Philippines 2 people died after their ferry sank, but 54 passengers and crew were saved when rescuers pulled them to safety. The ferry was going from Albay province to nearby Masbate province.
    (AP, 6/14/13)
2013        Jun 14, The Syrian government dismissed US charges that it used chemical weapons as "full of lies," accusing President Obama of resorting to fabrications to justify his decision to arm Syrian rebels. Government troops and rebels in Aleppo fought their heaviest battles in months. Rebel fighters walked into the Shiite mosque in Hatla and trampled on books. An explosion brought down the building, but its dome remained intact. A video of the demolition was posted on June 16.
    (AP, 6/14/13)(AP, 6/16/13)
2013        Jun 14, Turkey’s state news reported that as many as 73 Syrian military officers — including seven generals and 20 colonels — have crossed the border into Turkey with their families "seeking refuge."
    (AP, 6/14/13)

2014        Jun 14, Pres. Obama intervened in a commuter rail strike in Philadelphia, granting Gov. Tom Corbett’s request to create an emergency board to mediate a contract dispute.
    (SSFC, 6/15/14, p.A10)
2014        Jun 14, In Texas two people fled a car in Houston after running a red light and hitting another car leaving 3 teenagers dead and 3 others injured.
    (SSFC, 6/15/14, p.A10)
2014        Jun 14, Afghan insurgents cut the index fingers off nearly a dozen voters in Herat province and killed 11 other people, including four election workers, to punish them for voting in the presidential runoff. A minibus hit an improvised explosive device in the northern Samangan province, killing 6 women, one child and 4 men in the provincial capital Aybak. Kandahar province police raided a building that had been occupied by the Taliban the day before, setting off clashes in which police shot dead two would-be suicide bombers but were unable to prevent another two from blowing themselves up, killing 3 policemen and wounding another 2.
    (AP, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 14, In Bangladesh arson attacks and clashes between local residents and Urdu-speaking stateless people left 10 people dead in Dhaka.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, A Cambodian official said Cambodian workers were leaving Thailand in growing numbers, with the total who have returned to their homeland this month topping 160,000. Rights groups say Thai authorities are coercing the Cambodians to go home and abusing them.
    (SSFC, 6/15/14, p.A6)(AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 14, China’s corruption watchdog said Su Rong, the vice-chairman of China's top parliamentary advisory body, has been put under investigation for serious "disciplinary violations," usually Chinese Communist Party shorthand for graft.
    (Reuters, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, China began building a school on tiny Yongxing island in the South China Sea to serve the children of military personnel and others for the settlement of Sansha, created in 2012. It is part of the Paracel chain, which is also claimed by Vietnam.
    (AP, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 14, Egyptian security forces confiscated copies of Wasla (Link), a human rights group's newsletter, saying the publication threatened the government.
    (AP, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 14, In Haiti Jules Lionel Anelus, a member of the Chamber of Deputies, lost control of his car and slammed into a small passenger bus killing 11 people in Saint Marc. Anelus was injured in the crash.
    (SFC, 6/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Jun 14, Iraqi security forces found the burned bodies of 12 policemen when they recaptured Ishaqi, Salaheddin province, from militants. An Iraqi air strike hit a convoy of Kurdish forces, which have moved into an area of eastern Iraq during a militant offensive, killing six fighters.
    (AFP, 6/14/14)(AFP, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 14, In southwest Pakistan a guard for Handery Masieh, a provincial Christian lawmaker, shot and killed the legislator during a meeting in Quetta.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, The Philippines said it filed a protest last week with Beijing for reclaiming land on a disputed South China Sea reef, the fourth such complaint in three months.
    (AFP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, Polish magazine Wprost published a recording in which central bank head Marek Belka told Interior Minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz last July that he would help the government get out of financial trouble if it fired the finance minister.
    (AP, 6/16/14)
2014        Jun 14, In eastern Syria a strong explosion struck a weapons market in Mayadeen near the border with Iraq, killing at least 8 people and wounding many others. State TV said 30 terrorists were killed in the blast.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, Turkey said it has temporarily pulled its diplomatic staff out of the Libyan city of Benghazi and urged its nationals to leave the east of the country amid mounting security concerns.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, In Ukraine pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane as it approached the airport at Luhansk, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard in a bloody escalation of the conflict in the country's restive east.
    (AP, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, In Tanzania a bomb explosion killed one person and wounded at least seven in front of a mosque near Zanzibar's capital Stone Town.
    (Reuters, 6/14/14)
2014        Jun 14, In southern Yemen a suspected US drone targeted a car carrying al-Qaida militants, killing all five passengers.
    (AP, 6/14/14)

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